VACANCY – Director of Economic Development (Open Until Filled)

Hertford County is seeking to fill the following position in governmental operations:


General Definition of Work

Performs complex professional and administrative work developing and directing the economic and industrial development, planning and zoning administration activities of the County; does related work as required. Work is performed under the general supervision of the County Manager. Supervision is exercised over all department personnel.

Essential Functions/Typical Tasks

Planning, directing and supervising the economic and industrial development, planning and zoning programs within the County; coordinating department activities with County Manager and department directors; preparing and maintaining files and records; preparing reports.

The following functions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Develops, implements and manages the economic development program for attracting new business and industry to the County; coordinates plans and facilitates the development of long range and annual economic development plans.

Develops and implements effective means of promoting the County for recruitment of commercial and industrial facilities as well as tourism.

Collects and maintains historic, demographic, geographical, economic, labor supply, transportation, utilities, machinery, financing as related to economic development and the establishment of new commercial and industrial facilities.

Visits existing businesses and industries to develop knowledge of management, ownership, products and processes; assists in addressing problems and concerns affecting their business operations.

Identifies and promotes transportation needs for the County;

Makes recommendations to County and municipal governments concerning infrastructure needs.

Develops and administers departmental budget; monitors expenditures.

Interprets and oversees the enforcement of ordinances related to planning and zoning; oversees and contributes to the development of CAMA Land Use Plan; interprets zoning of land parcels within County jurisdiction.

Reviews subdivision plans and plats for compliance with Subdivision Ordinance; reviewed and approves survey plats for recordation; advises developers of any discrepancies and required corrective action.

Investigates complaints of violations related to various ordinances; prepares and submits legal notices of public hearings.

Assigns, directs and supervises activities of department personnel; ensure adherence to established policies, procedures and standards; assists and advises subordinates as necessary, resolving problems as non-routine situations arise.

Acts as Executive Director of the County Economic Development Commission.

Administers or makes recommendations for routine personnel matters affecting subordinates; including recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training, assigning, scheduling, granting leave, appraising and discipline, etc.; submits such records and reports as required by County management.

Performs related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of modern principles and practices of economic development; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of public and business administration; ability to attract industry and business for the county; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county officials, associates and the general public; ability to plan, assign and coordinate the work programs of office and technical staff; ability to solve problems within scope of responsibility; ability to prepare clear and comprehensive financial and administrative reports; ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.


Education and Experience

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with major course work in economics or business administration and a minimum of 6 years professional experience in economic development or planning activities with a minimum of 1 year supervisory and project management experience.

This is medium work requiring the exertion of up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently and up to 10 pounds constantly to move objects; work requires balancing, stooping.reaching, atamding, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to others accurately, loudly and quickly; hearing is required to preceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for depth perception, color perception, night vision, peripherial vision, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, use of measuring devices, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, to determine accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of work.

Special Requirements  Possession of an appropriate driver’s license valid in the State of North Carolina.

Annual Salary Range:

$62,769.00 – $97,293.00

Application Deadline:

Open until filled

Application Process:

To be considered for this position, you must complete a Hertford County Application for Employment, in its entirety and sign. Cover letters, resumes, transcripts, and other supplemental documentation may accompany your Hertford County Application for Employment. Selected candidates are subject to a criminal background check and motor vehicle record check.

Submit application by mail, email, facsimile, or in person to:

Hertford County

Board of County Commissioners

Attn:  Dr. Renee Fleetwood, Clerk to the Board

115 Justice Drive, Suite 1

Winton, NC 27986

FAX: (252) 358-0198 (include cover letter)




Hertford County is an Equal Opportunity Employer/AA.


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